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hello. I am new to this group, but I am very interested in learning from everyone. I had my gastric sleeve on 12/2/13. I know that it's going to be the best thing I'll ever do for myself. I am struggling getting in all of my Protein and I am beyond exhausted everyday. I went back to work on 12/16. Has anyone else experienced this? I would take all the advice I can get. Thank you in advance.

Hello, and welcome!! I was also December 2nd! I am also having a hard time getting in protein. I got an unflavored powder I could add into my puréed foods for an extra jump. I am still tired too, surgeon said its normal, our bodies are adjusting to all the changes, it should get better! Are you getting carbs in your diet? My nutritionist told me yesterday my carbs were too low which may be adding to fatigue. Happy to have you with us!

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Tomorrow is my big day I have to be there at 5:00am. I haven't been nervous I think because I've been concentrating on finishing my Christmas shopping lol. Right now I just felt a little scared because of what could go wrong and after. I think it's normal. I'm excited for the after part though =).

Totally normal!! I was very nervous about the during and after surgery. Once you are in there you will be ready and exciting! Let us know how you are doing when you are able. Praying for a quick surgery and easy recovery!

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Hi I'm Jennifer. I was sleeved on the 17th and and am back at home, still not 100% but feeling better by minute by minute. I was sleeved at Fraedtert Hospital in Milwaukee by Dr. Wallace, who was amazing by the way. My main issue right now is that I am having trouble getting all of my liquids in. I feel like I was sipping all day and only got it about 32 ounces, if not less. How is everyone else doing with their liquid intake? I'm also having more pain than I anticipated at my incision sites but they're not red or swollen or hot or anything so I'm thinking all is well. I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to pain anyway!

Hello! I'm in Madison, I love visiting Milwaukee! You will get fluids in easier as the swelling goes down and you aren't so sore. My incisions were also pretty sore. Use a pillow to help you move about and take it easy. I found I felt better each day pain wise. My insidious are still a tiny bit tender but are feeling a ton better than 2 weeks ago! My first week after surgery seems like a lifetime ago! Hoping you are able to get more fluids in as you heal but be patient it will happen!

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So I feel like a dork, but was re-reading my bariatric book and realize I could have started full liquids today! Oh well - tomorrow will do - I am way to excited!

Here is what it says, and guess I missed the "few days" part!

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Officially sleeved. In so much pain. Feels like I'm having contractions not much has though.

Happy to hear you are on the other side. I'm sorry about your pain. What do they have you on for pain ( if you don't mind me asking). Hang in there you will feel better! Praying for a smooth recovery.

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I was sleeved the 17th. I had the worst nausea ever. Stayed an extra day trying to control it. It was and still is rather rough. Glad to be home though.

I'm sorry to hear about your nausea, that is rough. One thing I found helpful, more so than meds was using lavender. If you dip a cotton ball in it and pin it to your shirt it can help! I hope tomorrow is better!

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hello. I am new to this group, but I am very interested in learning from everyone. I had my gastric sleeve on 12/2/13. I know that it's going to be the best thing I'll ever do for myself. I am struggling getting in all of my Protein and I am beyond exhausted everyday. I went back to work on 12/16. Has anyone else experienced this? I would take all the advice I can get. Thank you in advance.

Hello, and welcome!! I was also December 2nd! I am also having a hard time getting in protein. I got an unflavored powder I could add into my puréed foods for an extra jump. I am still tired too, surgeon said its normal, our bodies are adjusting to all the changes, it should get better! Are you getting carbs in your diet? My nutritionist told me yesterday my carbs were too low which may be adding to fatigue. Happy to have you with us!

Hi, Nurse_B! Thanks for the advice. I've gotten no carbs in my diet. I've been sticking to the 3 weeks of liquids. It's not that I'm hungry and I know the lack of protein has got to be a huge problem.

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Having pain when I move. While I sit up, lay flat, or turn. Anyone else have this problem? It feels like my muscles gonna split in two. Morphine isn't cutting it either. Tried a different medicine but that didn't work either.

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So...

Its my 1st day (post op day 9) that I woke up without moaning and groaning in discomfort and 2nd day without the need for roxicet

I do still have mild incision pain and I know I could take e.s. Tylenol for that but I don't think I will .... Yesterday my surgeon told me the Abdominal binder I was using is really preventing me from taking deep breaths which could lead to pneumonia (yikes!) and I thought I was doing myself good cause it helped with moving around and the incisional pain.. Will be tossing that out

Like many I've never felt a hunger pain since surgery on dec 12 but I do think about dream about and miss my fave foods --- the smells are so inviting and seeing people around me eat normally is a bit sad ... WLS is NOT the easy way out!! I probably won't be able to eat normal solid foods until very late january or early February which is a bit depressing but hoping that time goes by fast cause I really need better energy for everyday tasks and fitness routines... I'm losing weight but I'm also very much fatigued which I don't think is a very healthy combination

What helps a bit with blocking food aromas is rubbing a bit of vapor rub around my nostrils

Good luck everyone! Hoping your recovery and post op diet experiences are smooth and not so depressing.

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So...

Its my 1st day (post op day 9) that I woke up without moaning and groaning in discomfort and 2nd day without the need for roxicet

I do still have mild incision pain and I know I could take e.s. Tylenol for that but I don't think I will .... Yesterday my surgeon told me the Abdominal binder I was using is really preventing me from taking deep breaths which could lead to pneumonia (yikes!) and I thought I was doing myself good cause it helped with moving around and the incisional pain.. Will be tossing that out

Like many I've never felt a hunger pain since surgery on dec 12 but I do think about dream about and miss my fave foods --- the smells are so inviting and seeing people around me eat normally is a bit sad ... WLS is NOT the easy way out!! I probably won't be able to eat normal solid foods until very late january or early February which is a bit depressing but hoping that time goes by fast cause I really need better energy for everyday tasks and fitness routines... I'm losing weight but I'm also very much fatigued which I don't think is a very healthy combination

What helps a bit with blocking food aromas is rubbing a bit of vapor rub around my nostrils

Good luck everyone! Hoping your recovery and post op diet experiences are smooth and not so depressing.

Ahhh I so hear you on this! Granted I am only 4 days out but definitely am with you on this. Anyone who says WLS is the easy way out is a complete jerk. Food smells are killing me too even though my stomach isn't physically hungry. Or maybe it is? I can't really tell... :unsure: Last night my husband made himself dinner (aww poor guy has to eat!) and the smell was driving me mad. I wanted some but I couldn't. I wanted to eat but knew it was impossible. It's definitely a mind/body game. I think we just have to remember to be patient and wait until we are able to enjoy our small little bites of "normal" food again. When we can do that and still enjoy losing weight it will all be worth the crap we are going through right now, right?!

PS: Thanks Sandi I forgot my own trick of the vapo-rub!! aack must keep that handy at all times :)

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So I think I'm experiencing the three week stall. First time since surgery I have been the same exact weight for 5 days. Part of the process, I just had a personal goal I wanted to hit by Christmas. Here is to hoping the scale moves this weekend!! I hope everyone is feeling better each day post op, and pre ops are getting excited!

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Hi all, I am 33, 5'6 and had pre-op and pre-suregery diet weight of 276lbs. I had a band to sleeve revision done on 12/6/13 and in looking for answers, I stumbled onto this website.

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<p>Hi all, I am 33, 5'6 and had pre-op and pre-suregery diet weight of 276lbs. I had a band to sleeve revision done on 12/6/13 and in looking for answers, I stumbled onto this website.</p> <p> </p>

Welcome to the group! Where in KY are you from? I'm in the Louisville area and had surgery at Baptist East. Looking forward to hearing about your journey!

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I made it through the first night at home after surgery. I'm feeling ok but get tired easily. I slept better but was up 3X last night to drink and pee. I think that will be my life for the next few weeks. Drink and pee. Drink and pee. I can drink 2oz in fifteen minutes so that's good. My taste hasn't really changed so things I had, I still like, yeah. Nausea hasn't been that bad for me. I was really worried about that. One of the nurses told me to breathe through my nose while I'm sipping my drinks and it has work. Not as much air getting in my system. I'm not tolerating cold liquids at all. It will cause my tiny stomach to cramp and that hurts. Im staying on top of my pain meds and taking every six hours. Also, it takes a long time to get my medicine down. Been working on that for the last hour. My head has been hungry today but my stomach says no no no. Can't wait to take a shower. That's going to feel so good. I'm off work for 4 weeks so I hope by then I've got things under control and eating purée food. Thanks everyone for your tips, suggestions and sharing your own stories. It has made a big difference in my journey. Everyone keep up the hard work of recovering or the hard work of your pre-op diet. Praying for those having surgery next week. Keeps us posted.

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I have a question. Anyone regretting their decision? No one has said anything so I was just wondering. I'm having a problem with drinking. Doesn't matter how small the sip or how slow I can feel it go through my sleeve and it gurgels (sp?) At me every time.

I was sleeved on Dec. 9th and I spent days this week bawling over my decision to do this to myself. I can drink Water ok but definitely not as much as I need. Protein Shakes (no matter which ones as I've tried 5) throw me into a hypoglycemic attack and I even passed out a couple times this week. Dr said it's likely alimentary hypoglycemia as I get terribly sick with vomiting and diarrhea after the pass out stage. I can drink a few sips without getting sick but any more than that no matter how long it takes to drink them make me sick. So, I am basically getting close to 0 Protein and maybe 100 calories a day in jello/pudding or a few bites of Soup. Not good... I'm just praying that moving on to more solids next week will help.

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